The University of Kansas School of Law invites applications for both entry-level associate professor and lateral tenure-track/tenured professor candidates for multiple positions to begin in the fall of 2024. We are interested in the areas of Civil Procedure/Jurisdiction/Evidence; Environmental Law/Renewable Energy Law/Natural Resources Law; Health Law; and Comparative Law/International Law/International Business Law. We invite a plurality of scholarly agendas, methodologies, and perspectives, ranging from traditional doctrinal to empirical to critical-analytical to interdisciplinary scholarship. In addition, we are especially interested in candidates who will regularly teach in the first-year curriculum or an equivalent large-enrollment upper-division course. Qualified candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our law school community, including a diversity of scholarly approaches, are especially encouraged to apply.
KU Law ranks among the top 40 law schools in the nation and lands at #18 among public law schools according to recent U.S. News & World Report Rankings. Law faculty are active scholars, researchers, and subject matter experts in their fields. KU ranks #16 among public law schools for scholarly impact. Many professors are authors of textbooks and casebooks used in classes at KU and in law schools across the U.S. and overseas.
At the University of Kansas, diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are an important part of our culture and university strategic plan. Applications from members of underrepresented groups are encouraged, noting the value that differences bring to our organization, students, staff, faculty, and community. The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. by the effective date of the appointment.
The University of Kansas is a Carnegie doctoral/research-extensive university with a $1.4 billion endowment and a faculty of 2,600. Current enrollment is 28,500 (19,000 undergraduate). Students come from 110 nations and all 50 states; 20.6% of KU students are members of minority groups. The 1,000-acre main campus is in Lawrence, a community of 95,000 in hilly northeast Kansas that lies about 35 miles west of Kansas City. Lawrence has a lively downtown and a thriving arts and music scene, and its local government has enacted ordinances supporting equality for all members of its population. Lawrence also offers numerous sports and recreational opportunities, local shops, and a wide range of good restaurants.
40% - Classroom teaching and counseling students.
40% - Conducting and publishing research.
20% - Providing service to the law school, university, and the legal profession.
COLLEGIALITY – Faculty members are expected to meet satisfactory standards of performance in all three areas of responsibility and to carry out those responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.
This is an open rank search to fill multiple faculty position needs. The required qualifications for each rank are as follows:
- J.D. from an accredited U.S. law school (or an equivalent degree)
- Demonstrated strong scholarly potential and a commitment to excellence in teaching.
Contact Information to Applicants
- J.D. from an accredited U.S. law school (or an equivalent degree),
- Demonstrated outstanding scholarly career and a history of effective teaching and substantive service
Professor Kyle Velte
Faculty Appointments Committee
University of Kansas School of Law
1535 W. 15th Street
Lawrence, KS 66045
Additional Candidate Instruction
The Faculty Appointments Committee will begin review of lateral candidate applications on August 7, 2023. Review of entry-level candidates will begin August 28, 2023. Review of applications will continue until the positions are filled. Initial interviews will be conducted via Zoom. We will review candidate materials posted in the AALS Faculty Appointments Register (FAR), and also invite applications from candidates not participating in the FAR. We will conduct finalist interviews on the Lawrence campus.
Applications must be submitted online at http://www.employment.ku.edu/academic/25547BR
and should include the following:
- Cover letter that specifies subject matter teaching interest(s)
- CV or resume
- Detailed statement of research interests and future plans
- Writing sample
- Names of three references.
Materials such as teaching evaluations or additional samples of scholarly work may be requested of candidates at a later date. Although later applications may be considered, for the fullest consideration, applications from candidates not participating in the FAR should be submitted by August 7, 2023.
In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. As a result, applicants must respond to the following prompt, within 4,000 characters or less, as part of their application materials.
Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds, and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion.